RESIDENTIAL WASTEGreen-Garbage-Cart-343x450-343x394Residential collection of household garbage, recycling, and yard waste is collected by DeKalb County Sanitation. Household garbage must be placed at the curb before 6 a.m. on Wednesday to be collected, and should not block mailboxes, driveways, sidewalks, drainage systems, or roadways. 

If you are a new resident or need a replacement container, please call the DeKalb County Sanitation at (404) 294-2900 or email

For more information about sanitation services provided by DeKalb County Sanitation, click here.

RECYCLINGdunwoody recycling binDeKalb County Sanitation collects recycling each Wednesday. Recycling containers/bins must be left at the curb by 6 a.m. If you experience any issues with this service, are a new resident, or need a replacement container call DeKalb County Sanitation at (404) 294-2900 or email

For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items please click here.

NOTE: Please use caution when recycling junk mail solicitations for pre-approved credit card applications, mortgages, or anything that has your personal identifiable information on it. It is recommended that you shred those types of items before discarding to avoid identity theft.

Yard WasteAll yard trimmings must be properly prepared for collection. Yard trimmings include grass clippings, leaves, twigs, branches, limbs, tree parts, shrubbery, vines, garden plants, etc., and other naturally occurring vegetative matter.  Grass clippings, leaves, twigs, shrubbery, vines, garden plants and small items must be placed in approved 20-40 gallon receptacles.

Approved receptacles include durable metal and plastic containers or durable biodegradable paper bags. Each container must have two durable handles. Each paper bag must be folded at the top to minimize rain deteriorating the paper bags. Yard trimmings placed in plastic bags will not be collected.

All approved receptacles must be placed at the curb without blocking mailboxes, utilities, driveways, sidewalks, drainage systems or roadways before 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Branches and limbs must be trimmed of twigs, vines and leaves, and cut to a maximum of four (4) feet in length, and stacked neatly at the curb. The removed twigs, vines, and leaves must be placed in an approved receptacle as outlined above.